• Harpist Ann Yeung & flutist Jonathan Keeble
    UI News Bureau: Stauffer

When the beauty of life transcends words, we often turn to art as a mirror for expression. This is a continuing theme in the music of Aletheia Duo, a flute and harp ensemble whose name is inspired by the Greek word for “truth.” Through imaginative collaborations, the pair strives to explore in sincere and fascinating ways the arc of life and nature through music. 

Lauded as “a spectacular pairing” by Harp Column magazine, flutist Jonathan Keeble and harpist Ann Yeung have performed worldwide together as Aletheia Duo since 2002. These award-winning professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign are respected as two of the leading musicians and educators of their time, and their performances have been praised by critics at the Flutist Quarterly for their “lyricism, and above all, magic.” Next Tuesday, Georgetown audiences will get a chance to experience their mesmerizing music live at Southwestern University as a featured concert of the 2019–2020 Sarofim Music Series.

Known for the unique breadth of expression they exhibit on their instruments, Aletheia Duo says audiences may hear sounds they normally would not associate with flute or harp. Their program for the Sarofim Music Series concert will feature works from their critically acclaimed recordings, Voyage: American Works for Flute and Harp and Song of the Black Swan: Works Inspired by Nature, which have been described respectively as “achingly beautiful” and a “new favorite recording” by American Record Guide magazine. 

Pieces from Voyage will include the riveting “rapid⧫fire” by Jennifer Higdon, which conveys the terror of gang violence some communities experience in our country. Also featured is Charles Rochester Young’s “Song of the Lark,” a piece inspired by a painting at the Art Institute of Chicago that actor Bill Murray once credited with saving his life. As for Song of the Black Swan, audiences will enjoy the peaceful plucking of “Haiku for the Harp” by Susan McDonald and Linda Wood Rollo, as well as a scintillating flute performance of César Vivanco’s “Fantasia Andina.” 

Natalie Teodori, Southwestern part-time harp professor and colleague of Keeble and Yeung, is thrilled about Aletheia Duo’s on-campus concert. She says that onstage, the pair are “not only technically brilliant but also personally engaging and musically dynamic.” In her opinion, audiences are in for a “truly wonderful experience.”

Do not miss this captivating flute and harp concert, happening one night only at Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Aletheia Duo will also be hosting a free master class for flute and harp students at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively, on November 4 in the Caldwell–Carvey Foyer. This event is open to anyone in the public who would like to learn more about flute and harp performance by observing Keeble and Yeung coaching Southwestern music students. 

Aletheia Duo’s concert will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Caldwell–Carvey Foyer at the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased through Southwestern University’s Mathers Box Office in person, over the phone at 512.863.1378, or via their website. Additional discounts are available for students with ID and patrons 62+.  

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